Uncertainty Whether Third Wave Peak is Over or Not

There is uncertainty whether the country has passed the third wave peak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Health experts have expressed uncertainty as they believe some of the provinces haven’t reached their peak yet when others are seeing a decline in numbers.

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The National Institute of Communicable Diseases' (NICD), Prof. Adrian Puren, can’t confirm whether South Africa is over the third wave peak or not. Puren says three provinces such as Western Cape, Gauteng and North West have reached their peak.

He also says provinces like Limpopo and Mpumalanga have also reached their peak and are on a decline. There is however an ongoing transmission in Northern Cape and Free State, says Puren.

The Eastern Cape is in a stable position in terms of infections but expectations for a peak in infections are not ruled out.

Health experts also expect a high increase in infections in KwaZulu-Natal possibly caused by the recent unrest in the province. The destruction of testing centres also contributed to the slow recording of infections which is now starting to peak up, says the Professsor.

KZN looting crowds were seen without masks and moved in big numbers disregarding the established safety measures.

Health expert also says, if the infections in provinces like KZN peak up as a result of the looting unrest, it might affect other provinces.

Since the country experienced the unrests in parts of the country, it’s still early to say whether the country has gone beyond the third wave.

Puren advised that people should not panic when they experience side effects as a result of the vaccine as they will disappear. His advice comes after a number of publications on different platforms were distributed to scare people against the vaccine.

He however says it's very rare to find cases of severe side effects that could potentially hospitalized the patient.

More stats are expected to come through from the provinces that have shown continuous peak of infections. These numbers will paint a clear picture if South Africa is beyond third wave or not.

 

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